The Verse at the Centre of the Bible

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the bible.  Psalm 119 is the longest.  Psalm 118 is at the centre of the bible.

There are 594 chapters in the bible before Psalm 118, and 594 chapters after Psalm 118 – 1,188 chapters.  This number can be split 118-8 or Psalm 118:8.

Now we know that the chapter divisions in the bible are not part of original scripture, but isn’t it interesting how this little word exercise is worked out?  OR – was God at the centre of it all?

And if He was, shouldn’t the central verse of the bible contain its central theme?

It does: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man”.

In Psalm 118, the psalmist recalls seven reasons why God is worthy to be trusted:

  1. “I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me, and set me in a broad place” (v5)
  2. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?” (v6) 
  3. “The LORD is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me” (v7)
  4. “I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (v17)
  5. “The LORD shall chasten me severely, but He has not given me over to death” (v18)
  6. “This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (v21)
  7. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever” (v 29)    

Taken from “Word for Today” –date unknown.